Meal in a Jar has teamed up with Little Short Stop Stores to make fresh, healthy meals available at Little Short Stop Stores.
We are announcing today that as of Monday February 13th 2017, selected Little Short Stop Stores will become pick up depots for Meal in a Jar products that are offered through the Meal in a Jar website.
Little Short Stop Stores’ President Jamie Arnold says, “Little Short Stop is proud to partner with Meal in a Jar to help provide healthy food options to the people of Waterloo Region.”
“Meal in a Jar is pleased to expand its services to the citizens of Waterloo Region” said Irene Divaris, President/Owner of Meal in a Jar.
“With the Little Short Stop’s help our customers will find it easier than ever to get their Meal in a Jar.”
Little Short Stop Stores is a family owned, Cambridge based company with 29 stores in and around Waterloo Region. They strive to give that old fashioned "corner store" experience that is hard to find in this day and age. Their staff does their best to greet you by name, remember your favourite items and work hard to make sure you aren't kept waiting if you are in a hurry.
Fruits and vegetables get a bad rap when we fixate on making quick meals, but they’re actually the best possible food for your body—and you can prepare them in no time. Getting 2.5 cups of them into your system every day isn’t nearly as hard as it sounds
Add an Apple to Breakfast
This one’s easy for quick meals in the morning! All you have to do is add one piece of fruit to your morning meal. What do you normally eat? Eggs? Toast? Cereal? It doesn’t matter—just add something to complement the protein your body’s getting from the main course.
The classic choice is the apple. While we prefer to slice our apples to be snackable with a side of yogurt, you can also just take it on the road with you to work.
Add Fruit to Your Salads
And you should be eating salads often! One salad per day is ideal. Lunch or dinner make the most sense for this strategy since you’ll need to get your protein during breakfast.
It’s also easy to pack yourself a mixed salad with tons of raw fruits and veggies thrown in. Just add these to your salad:
Strawberry (it tastes great!)
Peppers (Green, Red, or Yellow)
It’s easy to prepare, and it keeps in the fridge overnight. Just keep your dressing separate until you eat it.
Make a Fruit Bowl Part of Your Kitchen’s Décor
It’s a lot easier to grab a piece of fruit on the go when it’s just sitting right there in front of you. You can even go so far as to make that fruit bowl the center of your kitchen, prompting everyone in your home to grab a piece as they walk by.
That will also force you to keep it filled with fresh fruit every week!
Add Fruits and Veggies to Other Dishes
This one happens on a case-by-case basis. If you’re making pasta, then add some veggies to the sauce! Better yet, make a homemade sauce with a ton of different veggies!
Alternatively, you can add some fruits to chutney for meat, or chop up some veggies and throw them into scrambled eggs.
The point isn’t to reinvent a dish from scratch—just to tweak some quick meals with some added fruits and veggies for your purposes.
Make Quick Meals Out of Fruit Smoothies
You can make a fruit smoothie in no time if you have the ingredients. Just another reason to get that fruit bowl for your kitchen!
Throw in some yogurt, milk, and the fruits of your choice:
A frozen mix
You can take these quick meals on the go, or drink it from the comfort of home. Your choice!
Make Veggie Pizza
Great idea, but what about the carbs on the crust?
So glad you asked! You can actually make a crust out of cauliflower, seasoned to taste better than any takeout pizza crust you’ve had before (being totally honest, the bar’s set pretty low for crust flavor). You can find directions to make it right here.
Serve Fruit Platters Just Before or After a Meal
Not only does fruit make a great substitute for desserts (especially when you’re making quick meals), but you can also keep your hunger at bay by eating some before dinner.
It’s normally a bad thing to eat as you cook—especially if you’re cooking for yourself—but you can set aside a portion of fruit to snack on while you cook the main course. You can trick yourself into eating the fruit by making it the only viable snack food on hand, a tactic that works well with larger families as well.
Bring “Baby” Fruit on the Go
We can get hungry and on the go, so we should have snacks that give us more energy! Chips and sweets won’t do that for you, but baby fruit certainly will!
Our personal favourite is to put a handful of baby tomatoes in a small Tupperware container and throw in our bags, but this can work with any kind of fruit or vegetable—and it beats just about all of the quick meals you can buy out there!
Afraid of losing your whole night preparing for one meal? We’ve been there, too—but don’t fret!
We have you covered with quick meals that will let you spend the night with that one person who matters most.
Sriracha Roasted Chili
Spice up your relationship with some hot chili! This is a quick meal to prepare, but it needs to cook for a while before eating. Take it easy on yourself with this set-it-and-forget-it strategy, making it simple to prepare even if you’re not a chef at home.
The best part? You can essentially throw all the ingredients into a slow cooker and walk away. All you need to do is chop up the veggies, cook the beef (unless you’re a vegetarian), and mixing in the right amount of Sriracha sauce!
2 green peppers
1 can of six-bean salad (all beans, not lettuce!)
Mushrooms (any kind will do)
2 cloves of garlic (not a whole head of garlic, just the little pieces!)
Beef (cook this chopped up for quick meals!)
Your trusty bottle of Sriracha sauce
Setting your slow cooker to “low” for eight hours is ideal, but you can set it to “high” for 4 hours if you’re pressed for time. Let the
Let the flavour of the beef seep into the rest of the chili, mixing with the sriracha sauce melt in your mouth.
City of Love (French) Toast
Need to do your cooking in the morning? No problem! This is one of the few quick meals that brings a smile to everyone in the morning—and it’s Valentine’s Day, so you can treat your beloved to a few carbs, even if you’d normally avoid them.
Just follow these easy steps:
Beat one egg w, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, a half-teaspoon of cinnamon, and a quarter-cup of milk. Stir it all together.
Dip your bread slices into the mix on both sides.
Lay the dipped bread slices onto a non-stick pan (or use some PAM), and bake for five minutes.
Take them out of the oven, let cool for a moment, and voila—you are ready to go! You can even play the breakfast-in-bed card for extra points.
Sizzlin’ Steak Fajitas
Your relationship will be sizzling on Valentine’s Day, so shouldn’t your food?
So many people order steak when they go out for dinner anyway, so why not make a home-cooked meal using the same ingredients?
Throw these ingredients into a fajita:
Top sirloin beef
Salsa (add cilantro if you’re feeling adventurous!)
Black turtle beans
Corn, sans cob
Sweet bell peppers
This is also a great way to spice up your home dinners if you don’t cook that often. Your significant other can go to work bragging about how sweet you were to put in the effort to cook.
Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so pay attention, guys! Whatever you do, do not take your partner for Whopper Wednesday. Fast food can make our bodies react negatively, and you do not want to condition your significant other to have a stomach ache the morning after a night with you.